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December 21, 2009

Shopping day @ Old Market, Siem Reap

No flight home... Thus we stayed another day in Siem Reap after the competition. Having checked out from the 5-star resort, we checked in to another nice hotel which is only a 5-minute-walk from the famous Old Market.

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Quite a decent hotel.

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I like the Angkor Wat poster in their lobby very very much.

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My room. Spacious enough for more than just me....

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But IT!!! A big gecko in my room! (this photo was taken days before in the first hotel corridor, but the size is exactly the same) Geez.... I was shocked when it suddenly appeared at the window pane when I was sitting next to the window online-ing!(><)

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After unpacking, we went to the Old Market.

Wanna give your shoes a good "make-up"?

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The Cambodian flag flying~ While princess sunburning....

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Super hot weather in May!!

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Low season. Hardly saw any visitors except us.

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Some interesting snacks you can find along the roadside.

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Look like clams. But I did not try. Looks not hygienic... I was worried my stomach couldn't take it.

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Old Market is a market, obviously. You can find all sorts of goods there. Good bargain.

All kinds of salted fish.

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All sorts of rice.

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All varieties of herb fragrances in fancy packing.

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All types of wood crafts.

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And even insect wines!!

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See... this was how we spent our $$$~

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Too much attractions.... I couldn't help it!!

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Later in the afternoon, I was very very tired and exhausted after sweating for hours doing shopping around Old Market. I asked the Khmer lady why most of the shops there were not a fan or air-cond installed, and she gave me an answer that I did not expect...

The Khmer lady: "We don't really like cold weather. It's cold during year end when winter comes, and we're afraid of the cold. Isn't it good to be hot?"

Me: "...."


I was already freaking hot at that time and she's telling me that the Khmers are afraid of cold..

So damn hot. So I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon somewhere cozy. Alas came to this shop.

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BE V.I.P Massage. Sounds great for me to hide from the melting heat outside.

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My friendly masseur. We had a nice long chat throughout 2 hours. She's really a nice lady, and she told me a lot about Cambodia and her life. Cambodia is still very poor, and a lot of the residents in Siem Reap had never leave their home before, never even been to Phnom Penh. I realized the Khmers really really hate the Siamese. So bear in mind NEVER EVER COMPARE CAMBODIA WITH THAILAND in front of a Khmer.

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I made the right choice, enjoying a "V.I.P" massage instead of continue shopping under the hot sun. Last photo taken before I ended my 1 hour reflexology and continue with my 1 hour powder body massage. Only $10 for reflexology + body massage. I bet you can't get it in Bangkok and Phuket, Hatyai maybe yes. Personally I like Khmer massage more than Thai massage because it's more gentle and suitable for females. However to my guy team mates it's the other way round.

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